Manchester United ‘make contact’ with Chelsea winger Willian over free transfer

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Willian’s future at Stamford Bridge is yet to be resolved (Picture: Getty Images)

Manchester United have reportedly been in contact with Willian’s representatives to discuss signing the Chelsea forward on a free transfer.

The Brazil international’s current deal is due to expire on June 30 and the Blues are unlikely to offer him the three-year extension he is demanding.

Willian is even hesitant to sign a short-term contract to ensure he can play out the rest of Chelsea’s Premier League games this season as he is worried about injuries stopping him finding a new club.

According to France Football, United have now reached out to the player and his agent, Kia Joorabchian, to register their interest in signing the 31-year-old.

Paris Saint-German and Real Madrid are also said to be keen, but the Spanish giants, similarly to Chelsea, are reluctant to offer him a three-year contract.

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Willian has 70 caps for Brazil (Picture: Getty Images)

The report states that the Red Devils want to add some experience to their young front line of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.

Given the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis, recruiting Willian for free is an attractive prospect for United.

The winger admitted last month that while the uncertainty surrounding his future is proving to be ‘difficult’, he remains focused on giving his all on the pitch.

‘It’s a difficult situation because Chelsea offered me two years and they are not going to change what they offered. I said I wanted three more years,’ the winger told Brazilian outlet Esporte Interativo.

‘The situation is difficult because of this. I really don’t know if it will be possible [to stay].

‘My goal is to continue working and focus on the remainder of the season, so that Chelsea can continue winning games.

‘I have a clear head and I’m focused for the rest of the season that we have left. I think it’s difficult [to stay]. Let’s see what happens.’

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